Dear Dr. Romance:

I am in a new relationship for a few months.  I haven't dated for a couple of years on the advice of my therapist. I met a really nice guy on an online dating service which was totally out of my character. He is a really nice guy (Thank God) He lives in a different state so of course I flew up to meet in him (which was also out of my character at the time) but, I did not want to be an 80 yr old woman and wish I had flown up to meet this guy and didn't . I have lived at home all my life even until the day I was married. That marriage lasted only four months, and I am divorced now.

I have been hurt by every guy I have dated. They have either cheated on me, physically abused me, mentally abused me or verbally abused me. So, no,  I don't trust  men. That is why I have not dated for almost three years.  The guy I am currently dating is the the nicest, sweetest, most caring and loving person i have every met he also respects me and I know that he loves me, but  he has been alone for almost 23 years, and he is 5 years older than I am.

There is one thing that he does that I have a hard time dealing with:  He has some girls that he says are just his friends that he talks with via cell, text messages and every other form of communication you can think of. He seems to be sneeky about it.  If I say anything he gets all mad and thinks I trying to control who he talks to .  But If my ex-husband were to call i know that he would be hurt.  I have lost all contacts with all my guy friends because I did not what there to be a problem. I was going into this relationship with no one who could hurt my future relationship because love this guy very much and my relationship is important to me.   I guess I just dont trust him.  I check his phone sometimes.  I just dont want to get hurt again. He knows that I have been in bad relationships and what has happened. 

Please help me find the right solution so I can deal with this the right way.  I want him to feel like he can talk to anyone. I am not a jealous person; I just dont want to get hurt again. I don't trust women and their motives. All of so called girlfriends ended up in bed with my boyfriends. So do you see that TRUST is a very big issue for me and I do not want this guy too pay for what someone else did to me. I really need your help!

Dear Reader:

I'm glad you found a nice guy, but I think you are right to be worried.  You should not give up all your friends for any relationship -- it's a very bad thing for your self-esteem and makes you look weak to your boyfriend.  I hope you are still seeing your therapist. Your relationship needs to be fair and equal, open and honest to be real.  I don't think he's taking you very seriously.  Please read the following articles: "Asking for What You Want"  , "Guidelines for Successful Dating"  "How to Keep Yourself Out of a Violent Relationship",  "The Nail in the Fence: Healing Wounds"   and "Setting Boundaries and Saying No"

You can also find help in Dr. Romance's Guide to Finding Love Today .  It will teach you how to keep yourself safe while you're dating.


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Author's Bio: 

Author's Bio:
Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist in S. California since 1978 with over 30 years experience in counseling individuals and couples and author of 13 books in 17 languages, including It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction; The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again; Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage, The Commuter Marriage, and her newest, Love Styles: How to Celebrate Your Differences. She writes the “Dr. Romance” blog, and the “Happiness Tips from Tina” email newsletter.